Monday, October 10, 2011

Muscular Faith Book Review

Book Review of Muscular Faith by Ben Patterson
"How to strengthen your heart, soul and mind for the only challenge that matters"

     Ben Patterson isn't new to the faith or to writing.  Thankfully.  This book is a challenge, in which Patterson makes the "case for pursuing, vigorous, gritty faith" instead of the self-absorbed, lax ways of man.  Patterson implores the reader to stake their entire being and existence on God - our only assurance in our storm tossed lives.  This book contains four parts - the call to faith, the case for faith, the obstacles, and the essentials.  Tyndale even offers online discussion questions if you choose this to be your spotlight book for a book club, Sunday school or Bible study group. 
   This book contains a great quantity of information - some useful, some above what's needed.  Patterson, although, hits the nail on the head with his genuine insight like, "Left undisciplined and uninstructed, disappointment with God will corrode the soul."  Or, "No matter how detestable or present circumstances are, they are not the final word.  They will pass away, but our hope, our eternal destiny, is unshakeable."  Patterson tosses in these outstanding morsels all throughout this book.   Though a tad on the lengthy side, this book is a truly hidden treasure. 
    I Timothy 6:12 - "Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses."

(I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their blogging program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.")

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